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Fridays From the Frontline: Einstein’s Dilemma

Fridays From the Frontline is Clear Admit’s weekly summation of the business school blogosphere. Albert Einstein once said that “the only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once.” Yet there is one month every year when time does not seem to fulfill its purpose. Yes, we are speaking of business school deadlines. This week, applicants kick it into high-gear as the deadlines close in, while current students enjoy the many exciting opportunities open to them at business school.  Continue reading…

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Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to August’s last take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we summarize the latest posts from MBA programs on Twitter.  If you want to stay on top of our updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news, be sure to check Clear Admit out on Twitter. We’ve also created several lists related to MBA admissions to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs.

The Senior Associate Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions at Michigan / Ross, Diana Economy, enjoyed meeting several prospective MBA students in South America this week. The Dean of the Darden School of Business, Bob Bruner, shared what Darden is doing to prepare women for leadership in business. Following a strategy session on markets and customers, the Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Sally Blount, announced some more offerings in data analytics are slated for the MBA program. Rich Lyons, the Dean of the Haas School of Business, plugged upcoming guests for the Dean’s Speaker Series. Continue reading…

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Yale School of Management Reports Record-Setting Diversity of Class of 2016

yale_2016As leading MBA programs welcome students from the Class of 2016 to campus, many have been eager to share just how diverse those classes are. Earlier this week we reported on Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and today it’s Yale School of Management’s (SOM) turn.

In a post to Yale SOM’s MBA Blog earlier this month, Yale SOM Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Director Bruce Delmonico shared that its incoming class is among the most diverse in the school’s history. “Thirty-nine percent of the class is from outside the United States, representing 35 different countries, while 37 percent are women, 25 percent U.S. minorities and 13 percent U.S. underrepresented minorities,” he wrote. “All of these numbers are at or near historic highs for the school,” he added. Continue reading…

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Praise for the Clear Admit Guides and the MBA Planner App

One of our newest contributors to Fridays From the Frontline, texaswannabecali recently shared her thoughts about the Clear Admit Fuqua School Guide, which she refers to as a “one stop shop.”  Here are some highlights from her blog:

“It lays a really good foundation of organized info on which you can build upon by allowing you to spend more time researching the details that are most relevant to you…I actually learned a lot about Fuqua that I hadn’t even thought to research or look into.”

texaswannabecali wraps up her review by saying, “I would highly suggest getting a copy,” and goes on to give her readers some insight into Clear Admit’s MBA Planner App:

“I especially find this useful for the essays such as Duke’s ’25 Random Things.’ I tend to forget the so-called interesting things I’ve experienced in my 24 years of life when put on the spot to actually list them, so I like the fact that when I randomly think of something, I can just whip out my phone and make a note.”

With Round 1 deadlines just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to do school research and get organized!  All 27 Clear Admit School Guides are available for immediate download in the Clear Admit Shop and you can find the MBA Planner App in the iTunes App Store.

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Harvard Business School Admissions Director on GMAT vs. GRE

dee_leopoldHarvard Business School (HBS) has stated publicly for some time that it accepts both the GMAT and the GRE and does not prefer one over the other. In a bid to be even more transparent on the issue, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold devoted a recent post on her Director’s Blog to the matter.

To substantiate the claim that the school is agnostic in terms of a preference between the two tests, Leopold chose to reveal exactly how many applicants submitted each type of test score, along with how many of those applicants were ultimately admitted and matriculated. While the vast majority of applicants opted to submit GMAT scores, the percentage of matriculating admits as compared to total applicants broken out by test were within close range. Continue reading…

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Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Reports Strongest, Most Diverse MBA Class to Date

georgetown mcdonough editedThe full-time MBA class entering this fall at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business boasts higher test scores and greater diversity than any incoming class in the school’s history, the school announced this week.

“The MBA Class of 2016 is impressive,” Shari Hubert, McDonough associate dean and director of MBA admissions, said in a statement. “In addition to having the highest average GMAT score of an incoming class at our school, they represent diversity of cultures, gender, ethnicity and industry that enriches our student experience by bringing a variety of viewpoints and experiences to our classrooms and the program,” she continued. Continue reading…

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Trivia Tuesday: UCLA Anderson’s Management Communications Program

Hello and welcome to our weekly edition of Trivia Tuesday, in which we take an in-depth look into the elements that differentiate the leading MBA programs from each other. This week we’re going to examine UCLA Anderson’s Management Communications Program as profiled in the Clear Admit School Guide to UCLA Anderson.

“Anderson’s Management Communication Program uses lectures, case studies, coaching and group projects to teach students the ins and outs of effective communication with superiors, subordinates and clients. Students begin this program by taking a four-unit Communication for Leaders core course throughout their first two quarters at Anderson, and the program runs right through students’ second years through workshops and other activities taken as part of the AMR. Continue reading…

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Ice Bucket Challenge Continues Its Ripple Through Top Business Schools

CBS ice bucketIt started last week with one section challenging another at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, ultimately leading to a school-wide dousing and a challenge issued to rival schools UNC Kenan-Flagler School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and UVA’s Darden School. And the ice-cold water just keeps flowing (as do the donations).

The challenge, of course, is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that began going viral in late July and has amassed an incredible $79.7 million in donations to date (as compared to just $2.5 million during the same time period last year [July 29th to August 25th]). The ALS Association reports that it has gained 1.7 million new donors along the way.

Those who are challenged are supposed to have ice water dumped over their heads and then challenge others to do the same—or to make a donation to fight ALS—within 24 hours. In taking up the mantle, business school classes have called upon their peers to both endure the icy shower AND donate. Continue reading…

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Admissions Director Q&A: Alex Lawrence of the UCLA Anderson School of Management

alex_lawrence~ A CLEAR ADMIT EXCLUSIVE ~

Alex Lawrence, an alumnus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA ’99), took the helm as assistant dean and director of MBA admissions and financial aid in August 2012.

Lawrence, who replaced interim director Rob Weiler, knows the school intimately. Five years after receiving his MBA, he returned to campus to serve as executive director of the Riordan Programs, an initiative founded by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to help high school and undergraduate students attain higher levels of education. In this role, Lawrence developed programs targeting students who are the first in their family to apply to college or seek an MBA degree. Under his guidance, nearly 70 percent of Riordan MBA Fellows went on to obtain their MBA at some of the nation’s most elite business schools.

In his current role as director of admissions, Lawrence is turning his focus toward assembling the strongest and most diverse incoming MBA classes he can at Anderson.  Continue reading…

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